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In Nagaland only 50% of pregnant women goes for early ANC

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58% children fully vaccinated

KOHIMA, APRIL 20: In Nagaland only 50% of pregnant women go for early Antenatal Care (ANC) within the first 3 months while only 21% complete the 4 ANC check-ups.
This was informed by Dr Longri Kichu, UNICEF, while highlighting the importance of the First 1000 Days during its launching programme for Nagaland here today.
ANC is the systemic care of women during pregnancy, he said, adding that it is aimed at ascertaining the well-being of the mother and the foetus and to monitor the progress of foetal growth.
Saying that only 58% of children in Nagaland are fully vaccinated, he said only 46% of deliveries are in a hospital while only 43% of children are exclusively breastfed for 6 months and 43% of children have Anemia.
In this, he said that the critical interventions in the First 1000 days would focus on the pregnancy period of 9 months (270 days), Infancy period 0-1 year (365 days) and toddler period 1-2 years (365 days) totalling the first 1000 days.
During the pregnancy period, he said the focus would be on first ANC check-up within 3 months of pregnancy to minimum 4 check-ups, giving Iron Folic Acid and Calcium supplements and delivery in hospital.
During infancy period, stress would be early initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth, exclusive breastfeeding till 6 months and full vaccination with all age appropriate doses at the right time, he said.
During the toddler period, the child would be given complementary feeding from 6 months of age with solid foods in addition to breast-milk till 2 years of age and learning through play and age appropriate toys, he said.
He also highlighted the Government schemes for the First 1000 Days including free ANC check up in Government facilities with free supplements like Iron Folic Acid and Calcium, Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK), Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), free all approved vaccines for children, Mother and Child Protection card to every pregnant woman which can guide any parent or caretaker, Iron Folic Acid supplementation for children aged 6 months-5 years to reduce anaemia.
Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme also provides insurance cover for normal deliveries, Caesarean deliveries and care for newborns in empanelled facilities, he said.
Nutritional support through Social Welfare Department for pregnant women and children, cash incentive under Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) Scheme for the first live birth etc.
Under PMMVY, a woman gets maternity benefit of Rs 5000 through Direct Benefit Transfer mode. It is being implemented from January 1, 2017 and Nagaland has enrolled 34,754 beneficiaries while an amount of more than Rs 15.35 crore has been disbursed till March 27, 2023.
Various topics were covered during the launching programme including Importance of ANC and delivery at hospital by Dr Supongmeren, Gynaecologist, District Hospital Mokokchung; Breastfeeding: The complete nutrition & early childhood development by Dr Ruutuo-u Sorhie, Consultant Paediatrician, NHAK; Importance of vaccination in children by Dr Sheila Longkumer, SMO, WHO, Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Day by Dr Khelito Zhimomi, State Programme Officer, Reproductive Child Health (RCH) while representatives from Department of Social Welfare and Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission (NSRLM) Rural Development shared the various Government schemes for lactating mothers and infant children.
(Page News Service)